Summer University Program, supported by DAAD, was held at Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) on 16-30 August 2021. The Program received the status of CBSS Summer University for the third time in its history which underlines its relevance to the development of the Baltic Sea region. This year cohort consisted of students from the leading German universities (Free University of Berlin, University of Cologne, University of Rostock, Kiel University and others).
Two weeks before the arrival to St. Petersburg, students received individual assignments on the topic “Climate and Energy Balance” and had to send their case solutions by the first day of the program. Based on the results of the individual assignments, students were divided into teams, and within their group assignments they were asked to identify climate and energy risks for the EU and Russia, develop recommendations and propose approaches to climate risks mitigation. During two weeks students were working with lecturers from UNECON, University of Helsinki and European University in St. Petersburg, as well as experts from Gazprom, Gazprom export, 50Hertz, Wintershall and representatives of CBSS.
Speakers from CBSS included Senior Adviser for Sustainable & Prosperous Region Daria Akhutina, Chairman of the CBSS Committee of Senior Officials, Norwegian MFA Olav Berstad, Norwegian chairperson of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Maritime Economy (EGSME) Marit Blegeberg Østmo and Senior Advisor for Regional Identity Thorvaldur Kristjansson.